Friday, January 10, 2014

2014 Resolutions

I have been lurking around the blogosphere and seeing many 2014 resolutions.  Resolutions are usually quite easy for me to make, but this year, with so much that has changed and will probably continue to change, I am not sure where to start.

My official New Year's Resolutions are:

1. Weight loss: Somehow, through moving, a lot of emotions and simply shoving food into my face, I have managed to keep off 16 pounds.  It is a huge breakthrough that I managed to see where this was headed and keep that much off.  I joined a gym, I am counting calories, and really hope to see a significant weight loss when I see 2015.

2. Travel: I LOVE traveling.  I'm hoping to get to Florida this year, but we will see how many pennys I am able to spend.  I'm also thinking Puerto Rico or the Grand Bahama Islands may be somewhere that would be good.  I've only been in the US and Canada and there is so much of the world that I would love to see

3. Organizing the boat: We have too much in the boat and such limited space.  It is a battle to try to get my boyfriend to downsize because he loves his electronics.  I think a 69 inch television is a little outrageous and a full sized desk.  My goal would be to have 32 inch television with some classy shelving on the sides (with doors) so I could shove some items in there to hide it.  If we could get a smaller desk, he could still have his two monitors, but it would give us more space to be able to organize better.  Organizing is difficult for me in any amount of space!

If I could somehow get these three things done in the next 12 months, I would be a happy camper!  I am trying to keep it at three because at least one of them should get done and then I could say that I had a 33 percent success rate!  It sounds much better than a tenth. 

What are some of your organization ideas for small spaces?  What would be a tip that I could try to make it a little less stressful?

Happy 2014!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Old El Paso Frozen Chicken Enchiladas Review

The Old El Paso Frozen Entrées were something that I saw in the store before being given the opportunity to review the entreé of my choice.  Since I said to myself, "There is no way that can be good" I waited a little while to work myself up for the dinner.

My boyfriend and I went to the store and saw a few different options.  The two that looked the best to me were the Chicken Quesadillas and the Chicken Enchiladas since I was definitely in a chicken mood.  There were several other choices with can be found on the Old El Paso website at  We ultimately decided on the Chicken Enchiladas.
Justin, my boyfriend, is who does the majority of the cooking in the boat, so I let him cook. He decided on the bake and microwave option. I was surprised when he made the announcement that the food was done as quickly as it was.

The servings per container for this was two.  We were happy with the amount of food that we had from this and more surprisingly is that each serving is 320 calories.  How amazing is that?!

Now as far as the taste, since I was sure it was going to be a failure:  the enchiladas were delicious!  Justin  made some bean dip and we had some tortillas and despite being on the boat, it tasted like a great Mexican dinner.  The enchiladas had the same texture of many Mexican restaurants I have been to and never got soggy.  

The amount of cheese was great.  I am a cheese lover and these did not disappoint.

We agreed that we will be trying out other flavors of Old El Paso in the future because $7.99 is a great price to spend on Mexican food for two.

Which of the flavors would you be most willing to try?  Have you tried other Old El Paso foods? 

Old El Paso also has a Facebook page.  If you want to see what they have to offer, please check them out.  I am now liking their page.

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.  Although the prize pack was provided, all opinions are my own.

Friday, November 15, 2013

A "Greener" Boat

My boyfriend has always wanted an energy efficient house to live in that did not cost so much in electricity and was friendlier on the environment.  As a result, he has researched ways to make this happen and figured our boat would be the perfect test ground.

In August, he put together solar cells that he had purchased several years ago and made a solar panel.  The one solar panel is enough to charge one battery on our boat.  The battery (besides making the boat engines run) also provides lighting, our water pump which pushes the water through for all plumbing needs, etc. 


This week he put up a windmill on the slip that we will be staying in for winter.  Our winter neighbors think it is pretty neat and we haven't heard any complaints about the noise it makes when it is spinning.  It is a whistling noise, but with a TV on, it cannot be heard. 

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